Custom Doors

What to know before you begin. Find out how a new front door increases your home’s value and view.

8 Benefits of New Doors

Get the biggest bang for your home improvement buck

You’ll have a hard time finding a project that brings as many benefits – and stretches your investment dollar farther – than new doors. Here are some of the benefits you’ll start enjoying from day one:

  1. Increased home value. New windows and doors can return homeowners 71 to 78 percent of the project cost upon resale. 36
  2. Enhanced safety and security. Doors with multi-point locks are harder to break through than those with only one lock.
  3. Improved comfort. Energy-efficient, well-sealed patio and entry doors can help reduce cold drafts and hot spots in your home.
  4. Reduced dust and allergens.  Blinds and shades tucked between the panes of glass stay protected from dust, helping to reduce allergens in your home.
  5. Improved energy efficiency. A new door can keep your furnace and air conditioner from running as much, helping you save money by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
  6. More peace and quiet. Insulating frames and triple-pane glass help reduce the noise from traffic, lawn mowers and barking dogs.
  7. An enhanced view. New doors can dramatically improve the beauty of your home – inside and out.
  8. Less time spent cleaning. Today’s doors are designed with convenient features that make it easier to clean places that used to be harder to reach.

How to Choose the Right Door

5 things to think about as you shop

A patio or entry door plays an important role in framing the moments that matter to you most, making every day a little brighter and more comfortable. With a wide variety of styles available, you can choose the right one for your home.

As you start shopping, consider these five things to help you focus your search:

  1. Lifestyle. Keep the people, places and things in your life in mind as you shop for a new door. Need to keep blinds and shades out of reach of little hands or paws? Do you redecorate frequently? Is there a particular view you’d like to preserve or create? And what about regional considerations – does your area see extreme temperatures?
  2. Budget. Until you have a particular product and installation method in mind, it’s hard to estimate your total cost. When you’re ready to start planning your budget, schedule an in-home consultation to get a better idea of what a new door will cost.
  3. Material types. It’s important to consider the material type of your door. Here are the most popular options:
    • – Wood creates a warm, natural look and can be stained or painted to complement your home’s style.
    • – Fiberglass is proven to protect your home against extreme heat and cold, while also offering the look of a painted wood window.
    • – Vinyl offers added energy efficiency, low-maintenance and affordable quality.
    • – Steel entry doors provide exceptional durability that protects your home against the elements.
  4. Styles. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of styles, including hinged, French and sliding doors. If you’re not sure which one to choose, don’t worry – an expert can help match you with the right door.
  5. Features and options. You can personalize your door with options that bring added beauty and performance. Try out different stains and finishes, add stylish nickel hardware, or select a patio door with grilles tucked between the panes of glass. Learn more about ways you can customize your door.

Talk With a Door Expert

When you’re ready, let the professionals come to you

Shopping for patio and entry doors isn’t something most people do every day. That’s why it’s important to talk with a professional who can help make sure your project goes off without a hitch.

An in-home appointment is a great place to start. Think of it as shopping from the comfort of your home. Your representative will ask you what you’re looking for in a door, show you samples and take the necessary measurements. Once that’s done, they’ll have the information needed to provide you with a quote. In most cases, the quote and the visit are free.

Door Features and Options

Personalize your door with the features you want.

Finishes and colors

If you like color choices, you’re in luck. Doors are available in a wide range of finishes and colors to complement both the interior and exterior of your home. Depending on the patio door or entry door, you may be able to choose from dozens of options to find the one that’s right for your home.

Performance features

New innovations, including weathertight technology and more durable frames, not only keep your home protected against drafts and leaks, but keep your entry door looking great for years.

Glass collections

Decorative glass options help bring your entry door the added style, privacy or natural light you’re looking for.

Sidelights and transoms

For even more natural light and curb appeal, consider adding sidelights and transoms around your entry door. There are a variety of shapes and styles to create the dramatic entrance you’ve always wanted.

Between-the-glass blinds

Pella offers wood doors with snap-in technology, which lets you easily change your blinds, shades or grilles whenever you want a new look. And because they’re tucked between the panes of glass, they won’t harbor dust and allergens like typical door fashions do.


Grilles create the look of individual windowpanes, giving you the most authentic look of true divided-light doors. There are several door grille types, so you can choose one that best fits your home’s architectural style. Some grilles-between-the-glass make the door easier to clean, too.


Door hardware can be as beautiful as it is functional. You’ll have your choice of today’s most popular finishes to coordinate with other decorative finishes in your home – such as light fixtures and cabinet hardware.

Trim for wood doors

From Colonial to Craftsman and Ranch to Provincial, you can choose from a variety of interior and exterior trim options that give you fresh new ways to frame your view. The more styles available, the more likely your doors can stay true to your home’s architectural style and décor.

Energy-efficient glass options

Choosing the right glass for your region and your home is as important a decision as any you’ll face when buying a door. For optimum energy efficiency, choose two or three panes of glass. And look for doors with Low-E (Low-emissivity) insulating glass with argon between the panes to block more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For maximum energy performance, choose products that meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.


Door screens are important to your home’s light, ventilation and view. Today’s innovative high-transparency screens are practically invisible, which helps you bring the outdoors in. Pella’s retractable screens (available on certain products) roll up and down like a shade to maximize your view and allow more light into your room.

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